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CenterPoint Energy Reports Second Quarter 2014 Earnings of $0.25 Per Diluted Share

August 6, 2014



HOUSTON, Aug. 6 -- CenterPoint Energy issued the following news release:

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today reported net income of $107 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2014, compared to a net loss of $100 million, or $0.23 per diluted share the previous year. Second quarter 2013 results included two unusual items related to the May 1, 2013, formation of the midstream partnership: (i) a $225 million, non-cash deferred tax charge and (ii) $10 million of partnership formation expenses. Excluding these items, the second quarter 2013 net income would have been $131 million, or $0.30 per diluted share.

Operating income for the second quarter and for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was $186 million and $481 million, respectively. Following the May 1, 2013, formation of Enable Midstream Partners, CenterPoint Energy reports its investment in midstream operations as equity income rather than operating income. As a result, operating income for the second quarter of 2014 is not comparable to prior results.

"I am pleased with our company's strong operating and financial performance for the quarter despite milder weather," said Scott M. Prochazka, president and chief executive officer of CenterPoint Energy. "We continue to execute our strategy focused on robust organic utility capital investment which supports the strong growth in our service territories, enhanced system reliability and ongoing system upgrades, positioning us well for future earnings growth."

For the six months ended June 30, 2014, net income was $292 million, or $0.68 per diluted share. This compares to net income of $47 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the same period of 2013. Excluding the two unusual items noted above, net income would have been $279 million, or $0.65 per diluted share.

Electric Transmission & Distribution

The electric transmission & distribution segment reported operating income of $145 million for the second quarter of 2014, consisting of $115 million from the regulated utility operations (TDU) and $30 million related to securitization bonds. Operating income for the second quarter of 2013 was $165 million, consisting of $131 million from the TDU and $34 million related to securitization bonds.

Second quarter 2014 operating income for the TDU benefited from higher revenues associated with continued strong customer growth. This increase was more than offset by milder weather, higher operating and maintenance expenses and higher depreciation expense.

Operating income for the six months ended June 30, 2014, was $250 million, consisting of $190 million from the TDU and $60 million related to securitization bonds. Operating income for the same period of 2013 was $249 million, consisting of $180 million from the TDU and $69 million related to securitization bonds.

Natural Gas Distribution

The natural gas distribution segment reported operating income of $30 million for the second quarter of 2014, compared to $25 million for the same period of 2013. Second quarter 2014 operating income benefited from higher revenues associated with rate changes, colder than normal weather and increased economic activity across its footprint, including customer growth. These revenue improvements were partially offset by higher operating and maintenance expenses, depreciation and taxes.

Operating income for the six months ended June 30, 2014, was $192 million, compared to $164 million for the same period of 2013.

Energy Services

The energy services segment reported operating income of $11 million for the second quarter of 2014, compared to $3 million for the same period of 2013. Second quarter 2014 operating income included a mark-to-market gain of $6 million, the same amount as last year. The increase in operating income was due to improved margins, decreased fixed transportation costs and basis volatility early in the quarter due to an extended winter.

Operating income for the six months ended June 30, 2014, was $37 million, compared to $10 million for the same period of 2013.

Midstream Investments

For the second quarter of 2014, CenterPoint Energy reported equity income of $71 million. See Enable Midstream's earnings press release issued on August 5, 2014, for detailed results of operations.

Dividend Declaration

On July 24, 2014, CenterPoint Energy's board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.2375 per share of common stock payable on September 10, 2014, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 15, 2014.

Guidance for 2014

CenterPoint Energy reaffirmed its earnings estimate for 2014 Utility Operations to be in the range of $0.72 to $0.76 per diluted share. The Utility Operations guidance range considers performance to date and significant variables that may impact earnings, such as weather, regulatory and judicial proceedings, throughput, commodity prices, effective tax rates, and financing activities. In providing this guidance, the company does not include the impact of any changes in accounting standards, any impact to earnings from the change in the value of Time Warner stocks and the related ZENS securities, or the timing effects of mark-to-market accounting in the company's energy services business.

The company revised its 2014 earnings estimate from Midstream Investments to be in the range of $0.42 to $0.45 per diluted share. In providing guidance, the company takes into account Enable's most recent public forecast, effective tax rates, the amortization of our basis difference in Enable and other factors.

On a consolidated basis, CenterPoint Energy increased its earnings estimate for 2014 on a guidance basis to be in the range of $1.14 to $1.21 per diluted share.

Filing of Form 10-Q for CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Today, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2014. A copy of that report is available on the company's website, under the Investors section. Other filings the company makes with the SEC and other documents relating to its corporate governance can also be found on that site.

Webcast of Earnings Conference Call

CenterPoint Energy's management will host an earnings conference call on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. Central time or 11:30 a.m. Eastern time. Interested parties may listen to a live audio broadcast of the conference call on the company's website under the Investors section. A replay of the call can be accessed approximately two hours after the completion of the call and will be archived on the website for at least one year.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 8,500 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. For more information, visit the website at www.CenterPointEnergy.com.

Investors and others should note that we may announce material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls, webcasts and the Investors page of our website. In the future, we will continue to use these channels to distribute material information about the company and to communicate important information about the company, key personnel, corporate initiatives, regulatory updates and other matters. Information that we post on our website could be deemed material; therefore, we encourage investors, the media, our customers, business partners and others interested in our company to review the information we post on our website.

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